Brian Terrell founded GPL Technologies in 2003 and has guided its development as a leading independent provider of IT solutions to the media and entertainment industry. Today, Brian focuses on the company’s strategic direction, industry leadership, innovation and improving customer experience. He also engages directly with customers and technology partners throughout the country and the world.
A gifted entrepreneur and business strategist, Brian has focused on the technology, security andinfrastructure needs of large and small companies and organizations throughout his career. Prior to founding GPL, he managed architecture, network and security systems for government agencies at the local, state and international level
Jason Blum is responsible for guiding GPL’s technology strategy, including the development of next generation solutions to meet its customers’ needs in the areas of infrastructure, networking, media production and media management. He also leads the company’s engineering team, oversees human resources, and manages internal and back-office operations.
Jason is a talented technologist, writer and media production specialist, with more than 25 years of experience in designing, deploying and supporting integrated systems for organizations ranging from boutiques and non-profits to Fortune 500 companies. Prior to joining GPL in 2010, he served as CTO of Miracle Data Corporation, a Southern Californiabased managed services specialist. His background also includes five years as a systems administrator with Intel.
Additionally, Jason is an experienced music producer and mastering engineer with more than 40 original musical releases and official remixes for major label talent. He was co-founder of the electronic music group Deepsky and an editor at large for Future Music Magazine.
VFXnow General Manager
Warren Tuai is an IT professional with extensive experience in networking, systems administration, security and customer support. He works directly with GPL clients to ensure their networks are secure and deliver optimal performance. A zealous, hands-on tech, he focuses on addressing needs and concerns, and providing solutions.
Warren began his career with health care specialist West Coast Clinical Trials where he was responsible for administrating multiple Windows systems and providing helpdesk support. He later formed an independent consultancy, providing IT support to professional services firms and others. He received his IT training at DeVry Institute
Senior Systems Engineer
Andy Manukyan has been assisting post production companies with information security and systems management issues for nearly a decade. A Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Andy specializes in security compliance and technology risk assessment. He works with companies to evaluate security vulnerabilities, institute best practices and maintain compliance with content security standards set by the MPAA and other organizations. He also offers expertise in firewall configurations, storage and rendering systems. Prior to joining GPL in 2007, Andy worked in systems administration and computer aided design.
Since joining GPL Technologies in 2014, Devin Conn has developed rental and managed services solutions for a wide range of companies involved in visual effects, advertising, post production and virtual reality. He especially enjoys helping clients solve unique technological challenges to their creative workflow.
A native of Southern California, Devin earned his undergraduate degree from University of Portland. He got his start in the media and entertainment industry with Bittree, selling patchbays to broadcast facilities, expanding their channel distribution to Asia, The Middle East, and Latin America.
Human Resources Administrator
As Human Resources Recruiter for Breed staffing, Jonathan Borunda helps creative companies build strong teams by identifying candidates ideally suited to their staffing requirements and culture. He administers a program that spans the world to recruit exceptional engineers and other technical talent, and employs the latest predictive analytics to evaluate applicants for experience, technical acumen, emotional intelligence and retention. Jonathan also leads human resources for GPL Technologies, managing internal needs for engineering, operational and sales staff.
Jonathan began his career in administration and operations, serving as Executive Assistant to CEOs Laurent D (Privé) and José Eber. As such, he has had the opportunity to work with an array of clientele, from Hollywood actors and singers to directors and agents. Jonathan studied production at the University of Southern California, and worked on the production of several independent films featured at the Norris Cinema Theatre.
Keala Asato assists GPL Managed Services clients, providing strategic oversight and guidance in IT planning. He continuously monitors the performance of clients’ IT infrastructures and offers proactive advice for improvements in technology and workflow management. Keala, who joined GPL in 2011, began his career on the creative side. He got his start as an assistant editor at the commercial editing company Lost Planet. He later worked as a visual effects artist and compositor. That background helps him understand the creative goals of his clients and offer better insight into technology solutions that can help them work smarter and faster.
Centralized Services Engineer
Kip Bowman manages GPL’s team of service desk specialists. He ensures that service requests are properly managed, tracked and addressed through to resolution. His group tackles a myriad of issues from administrative concerns to complex engineering and software matters. Kip brings broad IT expertise, deep interest in media and technology, and a passion for problem solving.
Kip hails from La Canada, California and earned a degree in film, television and digital media from Texas Christian University. Prior to joining GPL in 2014, he had experience in video production, IT services and music production.
Patrick Burke’s responsibilities include customer relations, vendor relations and new business development. He assists companies with technology assessment and in planning and budgeting for growth. He also works closely with software developers and systems manufacturers to keep abreast of product development and emerging trends in technology.
Patrick has been a technology sales professional for more than ten years. A graduate of Loyola Marymount University, he began his career as an account executive with enterprise IT specialist Trace3. He later founded the technology consultancy Eagle Island Inc. He also served as National Account Manager for Relational Technology Solutions and helped to launch its West Coast operations.
Ron Sabatino joined GPL Technologies in 2012 bringing more than 25 years of experience in post-production and visual effects as an executive, supervisor and artist. He previously served as Vice President/Technical Director and Visual Effects Supervisor HTV Illuminate, overseeing its newly-formed DI department. As part of his role, he designed a tapeless workflow for DI and implemented a new infrastructure that included SAN, NAS, color grading and transcoding components. He also designed the infrastructure for Illuminate 3D, the company’s a stereoscopic conversion facility.
Ron began his career in New York City as a video technician for post house Editel. In 1983 he joined boutique editorial facility Empire Video and assisted in the launch of its visual effects department. In 1991 Ron became Director of Visual Effects at Pacific Ocean Post, where he acted as producer and lead artist on commercial, episodic television, music video and corporate projects. He also contributed to numerous feature films including Batman Returns and Waterworld. In 1995, he joined the Japanese game company Square as the Vice President/Creative Director.
Ron founded Valley Circle Design in 1997, a company that provided creative and technical services for sports broadcasts, feature films, television, commercials, web design, product design and manufacturing. His background also includes a post as Executive Producer/General Manager with Larry Levinson Productions, where he built a visual effects department that produced effects shots for high profile television miniseries and other projects.
Jonathan Handler is a skilled and resourceful solutions engineer with more than a decade of experience in managing editorial, visual effects and broadcast workflows. He joined GPL Technologies in 2015 and played a lead role in establishing the company’s New York office and introducing its IT solutions, managed services and VFXnow’s Hardware-as-a-Service to visual effects facilities, post houses, production companies and advertising agencies throughout the region.
Previously, Jonathan was a Broadcast Production Engineer with CBS Sports Network, where he managed and supported editorial and production workflows. His background also includes a post as a systems engineer with advertising agency J. Walter Thompson, New York, and a previous posting with GPL.
Account Manager, Northeast
Chris Peterson directs sales and operations for GPL Technologies, VFXnow and Breed Staffing in New York and along the East Coast. Chris brings diverse experience as a producer, post production executive and marketing specialist, and enjoys wide respect in the New York film, television and music industries.
Prior to joining GPL, Chris spent five years as Director of Sales and Marketing, and In-House Producer at Post Factory NY, one of the East Coast’s largest independent providers of postproduction services. He served a prestigious clientele that included studios, independent producers, television networks, filmmakers and advertising agencies. Previous to that, he served as an Executive Producer for Bang Music.
As a producer and post producer, Chris has created content for E! Networks, Howard Stern On Demand and other broadcasters. Among other things, he produced segments for the travel series Wild On in Trinidad and South America. He currently serves on the Board of Post New York Alliance and is a member of the Advertising Club of New York and the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP) and the Association of Music Producers. He is a graduate of George Washington University.
Manager of Engineering Services
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Service Desk Engineer
Service Desk Engineer